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The women of Comic-Con — especially the cosplayers and their imaginative creations — are as varied as the panels and events that the pop culture celebration touts year after year. Not only are there Wonder Women and Supergirls, but also pirates, assassins, video game heroines, wicked witches and original characters that may have taken months to create. Jessica Swaringen as Wonder Woman poses outside the San Diego Convention Center. azz Kaur, Dyanamaria Leifsson and Rhonda Ibrahim pose during Comic-Con 2012. Zombie Bethiah Jones craves brains.

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It’s a do-over this weekend at Coachella, where about 190 acts will return for the second, and final, weekend of the annual festival. Whether you’re headed to Indio, recovering from last weekend’s festival and looking for some couch viewing, or simply excited to join in from home, Framework presents a selection of the best imagery by the visual journalists of the Los Angeles Times throughout the final three days and nights at the iconic desert music event. Be sure to see our Best of Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2013 | Weekend one photo gallery, Luis Sinco’s take on covering the festival, our Faces of Coachella 2013 portrait gallery, and a 360° virtual tour of the 2012 festival.

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A half-million people attended West Hollywood’s annual Halloween Costume Carnaval. Billed as “one of the world’s largest celebrations of All Hallow’s Eve,” the event’s three large stages will feature entertainment, including live music, a “rock and roll drag show” and “campy burlesque and pyrotechnics,” the city said. People enjoy the Halloween street party during the West Hollywood Halloween Carnival, which draws about 500,000 people to the area in a wide variety of costumes. The free event features live entertainment on several stages, food vendors, a costume contest and more.

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Comic-Con International, a celebration of fanboy culture, invades the San Diego Convention Center. Tens of thousands of fans are gathering for all things geek. Toys, comics, artwork, costume contests and gaming are a big part of the agenda for the four-day event that runs through Sunday. Facing the Predator beast, Logan Carter whips out his "Evil Dead"-style chainsaw hand on the final day of Comic-Con. Karol Bartesznski and her dragon make an appearance on the final day of Comic-Con. Zombie characters promoting AtmosFearFX perform outside the San Diego Convention Center on Thursday.

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More than 100 people rappelled from the 32nd floor of the Westin Bonaventure Hotel during the second annual Over the Edge fundraiser for Los Angeles-area Scouting programs. Each descent took about 15 minutes. The participants raised nearly $200,000. A Boy Scout leader watches a tiny speck of a person rappel down the glass face of the left tower of the Westin Bonaventure Hotel. For the thrilling chance to learn and perform the stunt, each of about 100 participants raised at least $1,500 in support of Scouting programs. Pamela Hirneisen smiles as she inches her way down from the 32d floor of the Westin Bonaventure. She said she did it to help raise money for the Boy Scouts and "to face my fears [of heights]. I'm not afraid anymore!" Pamela Hirneisen, 37, catches her breath as she begins to rappel from the 32nd floor of the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. She admits to being afraid of heights and nearly chickened out because "having the faith to lean backward was really, really hard to overcome." She and other participants in the second annual Over the Edge event were raising money for L.A.-area Scouting programs.

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A storm near Antarctica, Australia and New Zealand has created a strong southwest swell that is hitting the Southern California coast. Pedestrians had to take take quick steps back as waves crashed over Strand Way in Oceanside. The portion of the popular oceanfront street was closed after a pedestrian walking through puddles reported being shocked. Familiar spots like the Wedge in Newport Beach are reporting waves up to 15 feet high. A body-surfer finds himself in the grip of a huge wave Thursday at the Wedge, where breakers measuring up to 15 feet or higher pounded the shore. High surf on Friday continued to pound the Wedge, a prime surfing spot off the coast of Newport Beach, challenging surfers and body boarders. Newport Beach — A crowd watches big surf wash ashore at the Wedge in Newport Beach.

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It’s that time of the year when thousands will head to Nevada’s Black Rock Desert for the Burning Man Festival to create a makeshift city of 50,000 and openly express themselves through art and other means. Burning Man is an annual, weeklong event with big acts booked to play on massive stages. It is more of a city than a festival; a gathering where almost everything is created by its citizens, who are active participants. LaTisha Strickland, left, of Portland, Ore., shows her octopus hat to a friend as they visit the effigy of the man during the Burning Man 2011 "Rites of Passage" arts and music festival in the Black Rock desert of Nevada. The 50-foot-tall Trojan Horse burns during the Burning Man 2011 "Rites of Passage" arts and music festival in the Black Rock desert of Nevada. More than 50,000 people from all over the world have gathered at the sold-out festival, which is celebrating its 25th year. Crowds gather around the "Tympani Lambada" art installation created by the Flaming Lotus Girls group.

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Ryan Hizon, 22, was recently killed in Afghanistan. A Los Angeles resident since his teens, he wasn’t a U.S. citizen, nor were his parents. But under a program that allows the families of soldiers killed in action to quickly become citizens, his parents were given a final gift from their son. It's a bittersweet day for Rachel Santiago as she looks at a photograph of her son, Army Spc. Ryan Hizon, in his bedroom in Glassell Park. He was killed by an improvised explosive device Feb. 28 in Afghanistan. On this day his parents will be sworn in as U.S. citizens. A gold star hangs at the home of the family of Army Spc. Ryan Hizon in Glassell Park. After the immigration ceremony and lunch, the family drove to Forest Lawn Memorial-Park in Glendale, where they visited the grave of Ryan Hizon. His father, Rodolfo Hizon Jr., bent down to tap the grave twice. Then it was Rachel Santiago's turn. Every time Ryan Hizon would leave the house, his father would touch him.

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